Happy birthday to meMy birthday is today. The fact of it is no surprise, but the blues it brought were unexpected. What's the problem? Good question. Maybe a long overdue blog update is a good way to assess last year's progress.
Work toward Escape 2015 is coming along. During the last 9 months, I all but replaced my regular work income with freelance writing income. Then in the last three weeks or so, the assignments dried up and blew away like yesterday's entertainment section. A lesson learned in putting all the eggs in a single basket.
Thankfully I didn't close down my regular business. People have been knocking down my door for the regular stuff, so a break from freelance writing has given me a chance to catch up.
What about the book?Earlier this year I thought about taking off during November to finish my book. It is National Novel Writing Month, right? Of course, as November grew closer, the calendar was filled with everything except writing. Time keeps slipping away ... now I'm not even sure if I want to finish the book. That book, anyway.
The question is do I really want to write transient fiction, or do I want to write something with staying power? Check that - who am I kidding. I want to write a bestseller and sell the movie rights.
There's something else to be thankful for - I'm not restricted by lofty ideas of writing the next great American novel. Plus, according to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is shit. I can take heart.
What about the world?And we've been busy pursuing progress in and for Haiti. We've made two trips there this year, with more planned for next year. I'm following doors which seem to magically open regarding an entrepreneurial project which will employ many Haitians at a real living wage. There's a lofty idea for ya.
So please forgive me if you've been wondering whether we gave up. We didn't. We won't. In fact, I think it's time to celebrate a birthday. Regrouping can wait until tomorrow.
All my love,